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Smart Factory Convergence (Interdisciplinary)

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The Department of Smart Factory Convergence is a graduate program established in 2016 collaborating with Small and Medium Business Administration (SMBA). It is a dedicated education program for SMEs providing advanced professional courses at master level in the field of design and development of SW/HW solutions for Smart Factory.

 

The primary educational goal is to produce leading engineers who can apply theoretical knowledge to developing new technology based on their industrial experience in smart factory convergence. The students are taught and supervised by both outstanding faculty members from SKKU and adjunct professors from industries, so that they can establish a solid foundation in theory with thorough understanding of the latest technology.

 

Preparing for thesis and dissertation research, all students can fully utilize the excellent research environment and facilities of SKKU. The research works are strictly reviewed by joint graduation committees from SKKU and industries, looking at the graduate students who have shown excellent academic achievements and published their work in outstanding academic conferences or journals. After returning to contracted companies, the students extend their academic achievements to develop the leading technology of contracted companies.

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1. Concept of the Department

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the "smart factory" concept.

 

The deployment of cyber-physical systems in production systems gives birth to the "smart factory." Smart factory products, resources and processes are characterized by cyber-physical systems; providing significant real-time quality, time, resource, and cost advantages in comparison with classic production systems.

The smart factory is designed according to sustainable and service-oriented business practices. These insist upon adaptability, flexibility, self-adaptability and learning characteristics, fault tolerance, and risk management.

High levels of automation come as standard in the smart factory - this being made possible by a flexible network of cyber-physical system-based production systems which, to a large extent, automatically oversee production processes.

 

Flexible production systems which can respond in almost real-time conditions allow in-house production processes to be radically optimized. Production advantages are not limited solely to one-off production conditions, but can also be optimized according to a global network of adaptive and self-organizing production units belonging to more than one operator.

 

This represents a production revolution in terms of both innovation and cost and time savings and the creation of a "bottom-up" production value creation model whose networking capacity creates new and more market opportunities.

 

Smart factory production brings with it numerous advantages over conventional manufacture and production. These include:

  • CPS-optimized production processes: smart factory "units" can determine and identify their field(s) of activity, configuration options and production conditions as well as communicate independently and wirelessly with other units;
  • Optimized individual customer product manufacturing via intelligent compilation of ideal production system which factors account product properties, costs, logistics, security, reliability, time, and sustainability considerations;
  • Resource efficient production;
  • Tailored adjustments to the human workforce so that the machine adapts to the human work cycle.

Smart factories, with their interfaces to smart mobility, smart logistics, and smart grids concepts, are an integral component of tomorrow’s intelligent infrastructures.

2. Resources and Funding

a. Organization of Curriculum in Cooperation with Related Industry.

- Students are taught by both an outstanding faculty from SKKU and experts from industries, so that they can establish a solid foundation in theory with thorough understanding of the latest technologies.

- Steering committee composed of faculty from SKKU and board members of industries decide the curriculum and school system.

 

b. Support for all Expenses

The SMBA and contracted companies support students for all school expenses, including university tuition.

 

 

3. Special Entry Requirements
4. Scholarship

a. Employment certificate and letter of recommendation from contracted companies

b. every student must submit application documents specified by admission department of SKKU

a. The graduate school encourages scholarships- Sim-San Scholarship, Research Scholarship

b. Reward for excellent research / Support for participating in international conferences and symposiums

 

Why Choose Us?
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1. Every year SKKU’s ranking in QS World University Ranking is increasing.

2. Passionate professors

3. Strong collaboration with Industries

4. No. 1 private university in Republic of Korea

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